Wells Food Festival: Food for Thought

newsletter August 2016

Special Newsletter: August 2016

Sustainable Wells is delighted to be working once again with the organisers of the Wells Food Festival. This year we are running the ‘Food for Thought’ marquee, which will be bursting with bite sized pieces of juicy information for you to devour.

As a starter: We will be celebrating good food and tantalising your taste buds to see if you can recognise herbs and spices blind folded, there will be interactive cooking displays from young people showing off their skills and you will find out which local supermarket is best at reducing food waste!!

For the main course: What is there not to love about wonky veg?? Do bring along your examples to show off. We will also ask you to vote on which cake, made with vegetables, tastes the best.

Many say that eating organic food is too expensive and out of reach for many. What do you think? Come along and share your ideas for eating on a budget or to find out more.

Plus plus plus!! Can you guess the carbon foot print of foods you eat?

Finally for dessert: We are also very excited to offer the human fruit machine, a must see and lots of fun.

Advance notice!!
Always jam tomorrow…? Actually, why not make some today, while local fruit is plentiful and delicious?  There’s nothing better to lift the spirits on dark winter days that the tart tang of damsons or the sweetness of raspberries…   And if it turns out really well you’ll be able to enter it in the ‘Food for Thought’ jam competition at Wells Food Festival.  More details nearer the time, but the most important thing is that you get jamming now!  Killens have kindly offered to auction off all of the entries at the end of the festival to raise funds for Sustainable Wells’ energy saving projects, so make plenty for yourself as well!

There are the minimum of rules – jam should be made from local produce, in a 1lb jam jar and labelled with the type of jam but nothing that identifies the maker.   And then watch this space for entry details.

For more information: http://wellsfoodfestival.co.uk/ and www.sustainablewells.org.uk
Coffee Granules!!

Gardeners will appreciate this free resource available from many places in Wells. Used coffee granules will help keep those pesky snails and slugs at bay and enrich your soil.

Just go a long with a container and pick up your free used coffee granules from:

Kitty Banks, Market Square
Square Edge, Market Square
The Liberty, Sadler Street
The Good Earth
Costa Coffee
West Cornwall Pasties
Coffee No.1,
Energy Group

The energy group is currently supporting the Wells Neighbourhood Plan and are proposing the following ideas for inclusion:
• electric car charging points in the council’s car parks
• Commitment to all new homes to attain as close to net zero carbon homes as practically possible including installation of heat network.
• Introduction to community garden on new estates for growing food.
• Wells city centre high street a pedestrianised road – potentially trying it on market days to start with (Wednesday and Saturday).
• Water installation  from the Wells outside the town hall with seating that can be moved on market days (a competition to design that is sponsored by business) and with music that highlights the school and cathedral.
• Continuous cycle routes that join up all the new estates (Glastonbury and Wookey) and potentially the villages.
• Retrofit current housing stock to highest energy efficiency standard for listed/ preserved buildings when renovated as part of permission.
• Actively encourage appropriately-sited, renewable energy in area.
• Plan to plant trees to green the neighbourhood – right tree in right place – again sponsored by local business.
• ample bicycle parking with shelter.
• Drinking water fountains added around the city
• Mixed use recycle bins around the city.
• Priority parking for those who have 2 or more in car.

All are welcome to attend this lively group and the next meeting is 9.30am Saturday
17th September upstairs in Pickwicks. For more information contact Maddy Milnes
maddy@milnes.myzen.co.uk 01749 676486


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